The Allies of Allah (swt)

skyAllah (swt) tells us that His Auliya are those, who believe and have Taqwa of Allah (swt), as He defined them. Every pious, God-fearing person is a friend of Allah (swt).

أَلَا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَكَانُوا يَتَّقُون

لَهُمُ الْبُشْرَىٰ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ ۚ لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ الْفَوْزُ الْعَظِيم

“No doubt! Verily, the Auliya of Allah (i.e. those who believe in the Oneness of Allah and fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which he has forbidden), and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)), no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve , Those who believed (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and used to fear Allah much (by abstaining from evil deeds and sins and by doing righteous deeds).For them are glad tidings, in the life of the present world (i.e. righteous dream seen by the person himself or shown to others), and in the Hereafter. No change can there be in the Words of Allah, this is indeed the supreme success.” (Yunus 10:62-64)

Ibn Jarir recorded that according to Abu Hurairah (ra), the Messenger of Allah (swt) said:

إن من عباد الله عباداً يغبطهم الأنبياء و الشهداء

“Among the servants of Allah (swt) there will be those, whom the prophets and martyrs will consider fortunate.”

Positive jealousy is healthy

The word used here is Yaghbitoon (يغبطون) which is derived from the word Ghibtah (غبط). Ghibtah is a positive kind of jealousy, which causes a person to desire for the same bounty and blessing that he sees in another person, while feeling happy for the fortune that he has, without any negative feelings of envy (حسد) and hatred (بغض). Basically, he doesn’t wish for the blessing to be taken away from the other person, but he wishes he had the same. An example of that would be for one to feel jealous of a pious person, who observes the night prayer and has a strong connection with the Quran; he sees him worshipping with zeal and vigour and he wishes he had that for himself.

But why would the prophets and martyrs be jealous? Weren’t the prophets forgiven for their past and future sins? Weren’t they the best of Allah’s (swt) servants? Weren’t they the ones, who were promised the highest levels of Jannah? Aren’t the martyrs forgiven with the first drop of blood that is spilt? Won’t they be given the most precious dwellings in Jannah and crowns of dignity placed on their heads? What do these servants of Allah (swt) have that the most pious of people will envy them?

The people asked: “Who are these people, oh Messenger of Allah (swt), so we may love them?”

He said:

هم قوم تحابوا في الله من غير أموال و لا أنساب وجوههم نور على منابر من نور

لا يخافون إن خاف الناس و لا يحزنون إذا حزن الناس

“These are people, who loved one another for the sake of Allah (swt), without any worldly gain like money or kinship. Their faces will be light upon platforms of light. They shall have no fear when the people shall fear, nor shall they grieve when the people will grieve.”

Then, he recited:

أَلَا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاءَ اللَّهِ لَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

“Unquestionably, for the allies of Allah (swt) there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.”

Ultimate happiness lies with Allah (swt)

In the life of this world, our condition is transitory. We fear for the future, and we grieve over the past. We waver between anxiety over what is yet to happen and regret over what has already happened. We’re constantly battling with ourselves and cannot even guarantee the next breath. However, Allah (swt) guarantees ultimate happiness and ease for those who believed, and lived consciously; always measuring their every action against the yardstick of their faith; always hoping for reward and fearing punishment. These people will never fear for their future, because they had sent forth good deeds, and they shall never grieve over the past life, because they valued every moment and spent it to purchase Allah’s (swt) greatest favour, i.e., Jannah, the vastness of which is as wide as the heavens and earth.

اللهم اجعلنا من الذين لا خوف عليهم و لا هم يحزنون برحمتك و جودك و كرمك يا أرحم الراحمين